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Two of the Florida state universities, University of Florida (UF) and Florida International University (FIU), collaborated in assessing urban tree cover (UTC) for part of northwestern Miami-Dade County, covering an area of approximately 380 km2 (147 mi2). The analysis estimated the area with current tree canopy (existing UTC), the area of potential tree canopy (possible UTC), and various other land cover categories. The assessment used two methods to establish those estimates. The first method utilized the i-Tree canopy assessment tool provided by the USDA Forest Service. The second method used a combination of multispectral satellite data and airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) datasets for detection and classification of land cover. Classification results were further analyzed in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to relate land cover distribution patterns (obtained from the second land cover classification method) to surface temperatures, land use patterns, and socioeconomic factors.
Benjamin, Adam R.; Hochmair, Hartwig H.; Gann, Daniel; and Fu, Zhaohui Jennifer, "Miami- Dade Urban Tree Canopy Analysis" (2015). GIS Center. 45.